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Winner of: The Christina Stead Award 2005
The Queensland Premier's Literary Awards – Best Fiction Book
In the 1980s Tim Winton made his mark with tough, spare stories about youth and promise, of early parenthood and the challenges of loyalty. Twenty years later, he returned to the form with The Turning, seventeen overlapping stories of second thoughts and mid-life regret set in the brooding small-town world of coastal Western Australia.
Here are turnings of all kinds – changes of heart, nasty surprises, slow awakenings, sudden detours – where people struggle against the terrible weight of the past and challenge the lives they've made for themselves.
Much acclaimed both here and overseas, this tough, tender and elegiac collection is the biggest selling collection of stories from Australia in modern times and has now been made into a major motion film.
About the Author
Tim Winton has published twenty-one books for adults and children, which have been acclaimed both in Australian and abroad. He has won the Miles Franklin Literary Award four times, and has been shortlisted for the Booker Prize twice. He lives in Western Australia.
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Comments about The Turning:
Some years ago, i read a Tim Winton Book, and was fascinated by reading how the 'other half' lived. I have travelled along that part of the WA Coast that comes into the books, and always looking for in-depth info. However, I read first "Signs of Life" and was left somewhat flabbergasted. Talk about LIfe's Losers. Then I read "The Turning" and read again some of the stories I had read years ago. Man Oh Man, Tim does not like winners, hey! I am still fascinated by his ability to give life to his characters, how he reaves words and sentences to make a story. But does anyone ever get happy in Tim's books?
I then started the book "Eyrie". And put it down. And a week or so later started again, before putting it down. Finally, desperate for something to read when it was too darned hot to go outside, I picked it up again, read a few pages, slammed it shut, and consigned it to my shelf for giving to local Library, as I do with most of my books.
Tim's writing, to me, is utterly depressing. He writes about Life's Losers time and time again, and none of them ever become winners. I gather that the 'hero???' of the Eyrie has had a mental breakdown. And that in the end (I always read the end of all books) he dies saving the life (perhaps?) of a small boy, grandson of an old acquaintance of his childhood living in very straitened circumstances, he has struck up a friendship with. Could be a very good read if one was in the mood, but I am not in the mood. The Old Black Dog is always too close, a shadow in the periphery of the eyes. NOT a friend!
Comments about The Turning:
Great bedtime reading. One story a night perfect.
Number Of Pages: 336
Published: 1st August 2013
Country of Publication: AU
Dimensions (cm): 19.7 x 12.9 x 2.1
Weight (kg): 0.24
Edition Number: 1